J. Kent Covey, IHCCF President, is former President and Chairman of the Board, Plas-Tanks Industries, Inc. Kent is a graduate of the US Naval Academy, a US Marine Corps helicopter pilot, serving in Vietnam, and as an instructor pilot in Pensacola, FL. during his tour of active duty. He has a BS in Engineering from USNA and an MBA from the University of W Florida. He has served as Operations Manager, Building Manager, CFO and CEO during his time at the Irish Center and is the primary grantwriter and fundraiser.
With his wife Maureen Kennedy, Kent Co-Founded the Cincinnati Irish Center in 2009. Charged with executing the programming established each year, and ensuring its financial stability, he has steered the ship through the shoals and dangers of shuttering the venue during the Covid pandemic while maintaining the finances in the black for the past ten years.
Kent has three children and nine grandchildren to whom he wants to transfer his passion for singing, theater, history and Irish heritage.